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Poster: zigoto Date: Sep 17, 2008 6:48am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: You can STARVE if it's Westinghouse

I would love to see the 1954 Westinghouse commercial in which Betty Furness couldn't get the refrigirator door open on live television. She is said to have struggled for almost half a minute saying things like: "ordinarily it's completely automatic" or "someone's playing games" until they dollied in for a close-up and had some stagehands open the door.
Is it anywhere on the IA? So far I couldn't find it. I know it's been preserved, because I've seen a frame-enlargement of that (rather unflattering) close-up.

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Poster: Tenor madman Date: Sep 18, 2008 3:27am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: You can STARVE if it's Westinghouse

I remember seeing it too! I found this on Wikipedia:

Ironically, Furness may be best known today for a Westinghouse commercial in which she did not appear: during a live spot, a refrigerator door failed to open, creating one of the most infamous bloopers in TV history. This actually did not happen to Furness, as has often been claimed, but to another actress (June Graham) who was subbing for her. [1]

If I find that I have the video (as of now I can't find it)I'll try to upload it.

TM


Unfortunately, the link doesn't seem to work.

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Poster: Dwight Frye Date: Sep 18, 2008 1:27pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: You can STARVE if it's Westinghouse

There you go,should be showing pretty soon.

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Poster: zigoto Date: Sep 18, 2008 3:02pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: You can STARVE if it's Westinghouse

http://www.archive.org/download/WestinghouseFrostFreeRefrigerators/WestinghouseFrostFreeRefrigerators_512kb.mp4

Did you upload this? I found it in the Open source section.
Thanks a lot. It's really funny, but she held out pretty good. I expected more chaos to be honest. Still a treasure.